#BoycottTheOscars Goes Viral: Spike Lee Boycotts the Oscars
Spike Lee calls for the boycott of the Oscars.The call for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' second straight year of nominating mostly non-white actors, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend that they will not attend this year's ceremony. In a long Instagram post, Spike Lee said he "cannot support" the "lily white" oscars. Spike Lee said he was fed up: "Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all," he wrote. "We can't act?!" Spike Lee added: "The Academy Awards is not where the 'real' battle is," wrote Lee. "It's in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to 'turnaround' or scrap heap. This is what's important. The gate keepers. Those with 'the green light' vote." In a video message on Facebook, Jada Pinkett Smith said she wouldn't attend nor watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn't nominated for his acting in the NFL "Concussion," movie said it was time for people of color to ignore the Academy Awards. "Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power," she said. "And we are a dignified people and we are powerful." She added: "Let's let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let's do us differently."
We must stand in our power!We must stand in our power. Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016
#BoycottTheOscars "Two fingers" @SpikeLee and @jadapsmith both announce they are boycotting the Oscars. We need to have their backs. Magnificent2 (@Indomitable69) January 18, 2016
#BoyCottTheOscars #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/sBSyeHcjbe Leaders of Next Gen (@OurLNG) January 15, 2016
Any actor principled enough to #BoycottTheOscars? #Oscars #Racist #Hollywoodisracist @TheAcademy @LeoDiCaprio pic.twitter.com/BsIFgWOR9H Jozef Kuracina (@mojocanadian) January 14, 2016
@jadapsmith YES , we should #BoycottTheOscars #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/BshvB7tRXU ? Rory Gage ? (@BlerdyBoop) January 16, 2016
If the Academy wants to ignore POC, then let's return the favor. Don't attend. Don't watch. Don't support. #BoycottTheOscars #reciprocity B. (@BMarie1) January 16, 2016